Bass Overlook Trail

Total Miles


1,852.76 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Fun switchback dirt trail that ends at a small parking area with a nice overlook. This is where the Bass Overlook Hiking trail #392 starts and is part of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Bass Overlook Trailhead has adequate parking for both cars and trailers. The overlook is a short walk from the parking area and facilities include 2 picnic tables and a firefighter memorial. There are also a few rock formations at the viewpoint to explore. A third of the way up there is a forest service gate that closes seasonally on 10/14 and opens on 5/16. There are a few sections of this trail where aspens are present, making it a beautiful drive in early fall when the leaves are beginning to change. There are a few blind curves along the switchbacks, drive with care. In the dry summer months, high clearance 2wd and AWD should have no issues on this trail. Closed in Winter. The lower third of this trail is open year-round and provides access to the popular Bass Creek Hiking trail. The Charles Waters Campground is next to the Bass Creek Hiking Trailhead and is open 5/2 to 11/30. This is a paid campground with picnic tables, metal fire rings, and pit toilets.

Photos of Bass Overlook Trail

Bass Overlook Trail
Bass Overlook Trail
Bass Overlook Trail


There are a couple of blind curves, and it is a ridgeline trail.

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Status Reports

Eric Custer
May 29, 2023
2012 Toyota Tundra

Access Description

From Stevensville, MT take the Stevi cut-off road to Highway 93. Travel north 3.7 miles and turn west (left) onto Bass Creek Rd. Travel approximately 2 miles. The road will become FS #1136. Continue on FS#1136 for approximately 5.5 miles to the trailhead.

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